Schmitt Ballin': The Lakers Have Nothing to Worry About
This season’s struggles by the Los Angeles Lakers should NOT worry anyone. Now having four big name superstars in Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard, and Steve Nash, the Lakers have arguably the best starting lineup in professional basketball. But, contrary to common belief, having more superstars can often time be harder to play with. This happened the the Miami Heat when they first got LeBron and Chris Bosh. Now they are one of the best teams in the NBA. When all Lakers stars are used to having the ball in their hands the entire time, it takes a while before they can learn to share and play as a well-oiled machine. Before they can start winning title after title, they need time to learn each other’s tendencies, strengths, and weaknesses. With the rigour of the NBA season, its hard for teams to find enough practice time outside of games to figure things like this out.
One thing that definitely needs to happen is Kobe has to start playing differently than he has had to previously. For his entire career, he has been forced to take things into his own hand, and win the game. With little teammate support, Kobe has had to be the main source of points for the Lakers for a long period of time. Now that he has all of these tools around him, he has much less pressure on him to perform as he has been. Although he will still be the leading scorer, he won’t have to take the ridiculous shots that he’s had to to get the job done. If he is able to play a little less selfishly get the ball to Nash and Howard, I know the Lakers will be an extremely dangerous team, with multiple title runs in their future. Sure, they haven’t been have a great season so far, and probably won’t, but they have to be looking to the future, where they will have an impressive, championship team.